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Ken Casper Spotlighted in Target Ad
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Bill Cory

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Hey guys, our own Ken Casper's guitar has been used in Target Coatings ad newsletter. Way to go Ken! Beeyootiful work!




Apr 24, 10 | 7:02 am
RayRay

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I think this is very cool and certainly deserved! Congrats Ken! :)

Apr 24, 10 | 6:56 pm
naccoachbob

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Total Posts: 257
Awesome, Ken. Wonderful work.

Apr 24, 10 | 7:23 pm
longbow

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Tell me wood bindings don't look nice..one pretty baby...makes me want to try it.

Apr 25, 10 | 3:24 am
Ken C

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Too funny, Bill. Your thread subject made me do a double take. I hadn't seen this yet. Several weeks ago I got an email from Jeff asking for pictures and permission to use one or two on his website. I wasn't aware he had done anything yet. Jeff got the wrong guitar with the caption, but nice to get a little recognition!

Thanks to all my fellow luthiers for your contribution and support!! Were it not for Bill's website and help and support of many members here, there would have been no guitar and no picture in Jeff's newsletter!

Ken

Apr 25, 10 | 5:15 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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Hey Ken, congrats on the notoriety. It is well deserved, that is quite a finish on quite a fine guitar.
Longbow........wood bindings are the ONLY way to go! :>)
They are not difficult, try it you will like it.

Kevin

Apr 25, 10 | 6:24 pm
Adaboy

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Very nice Ken and good to see womeone recognize those nice finishes you've been putting out! Kudos!

I'm very close to binding my guitar (working on the jig this weekend). I have ivoroid binding that came with my kit but I bought some nice maple binding in the recent Swapapoloza on the OLF that I could use instead. Now I'm torn which to use.

Apr 25, 10 | 7:21 pm
longbow

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Kevin, I have...I was just wowing at those.

Apr 26, 10 | 4:08 am
dviss

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Oh yeah that's the mad rose isn't it- that is too funny. But congratulations are still in order!

Apr 26, 10 | 4:33 am
longbow

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Adaboy, I put ivoroid on one sunday, tryied LMI. new binding cement it work nice almost too fast. I used ivoroid because this one is a cutaway, the thing is ,it's taking longer to scrap the glue and hard ivoroid off than sanding the maple and titebond. I think in the end wood bindings are faster, and look cooler. I just didn't want to bend it around a cut away.

Apr 26, 10 | 4:33 am
Ken Hundley

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Great job Ken!

Longbow...it can be done, I have several times. Occasionally, they do crack but if you are slow and support it properly, it works well.

Apr 26, 10 | 8:40 am
Ken C

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Thanks Gents! Had a chance to see this guitar again a few weeks ago. The new owner plays it daily and truly loves it. The finish is holding up very well.

Progress is really slow on the next one--an EIR OM. I sanded the radius on the rims over the weekend. When I logged the entry in my build log, I noticed I hadn't worked on it for almost two months! Too many other things going on.

Ken

Apr 26, 10 | 9:12 am
Adaboy

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longbow, I will repeat what I've read posted by more than one individual about bindings and scraping. The router bit/bearing sets Stew/Mac sold for cutting binding/purfling channels were sized to cut the channel 0.010" oversize (I think they are now the "true" size). Some folks bought these sets and after using them realized it was much easier and looked better to scrape the top/back/sides down to the binding than it was to scrape the bindings down. (BTW, the purflings swell and the glue takes up some thickness so actually there is very little scraping left to do)

So maybe the trick is to avoid scraping the ivoroid bindings and scrape the wood instead.

Apr 27, 10 | 6:49 pm
longbow

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Well these sides were reject martin cut away sappele, and either they were not square or I did'nt build the body perfect,... you try a cut away . Anyway Adaboy, the binding was a little proud here and a little below flush there. This was my second body, so I have a lot to learn. However I glad I have an ajustable stop and not bearing's so I could compensate a little. I'm no pro but is it really always the case that binding channels come out perfect? My pt. was maple and titebond come off easier, for me..Also I may back track and say, now that I get a good look at the ivoroid , there nice and clean and look pretty good too. In the future I plan on trying it all, I love this stuff. Obsessed

Apr 28, 10 | 3:49 am
Adaboy

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Good to hear longbow. Hope I didn't come across negative above. I just wanted to let you know what some folks do that might be easier for you.....or not.

Glad your ivaroid is looking good. I'm leaning toward using the ivoroid on this first build just for the experience and because I have it on hand. If I don't use it on this build, I may never use it.

Apr 28, 10 | 8:08 am
longbow

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Don't worry buddy, I was just rattteling on. I have to learn the hard way but, like a dog with a bone I will get this sooner or later. Like I said, now that I get a good look, the ivoroid looks clean, pretty darn nice. Also some of the old links talk about glue problems, wt. bindings falling off. Thats with ivoroid, so I tried LMI. new binding cement. You should check it out, its the 2 oz. one, They say its what large guitar co... use. Its supposed to work on everything. It drys fast, buy the time your tape is on its holding already. No smell, bad fumes, not bad. Try the ivoroid now or later, its all fun....Good luck

Apr 29, 10 | 5:56 am
Ken Hundley

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Longbow...probably one of the most useful tools in my shop is a pack of 100 stanley razor blades. I pull one out, run the edge in a clean sweep across the edge of the anvil flat (whatever its called)on my vice, and I have an instant scraper with the best edge you could ask for. They make very short work of anything, are very cheap, and ready in an instant. The used ones will work for smoothing out real rough wood too if you ar not going for a perfect surface just yet.....like scraping off pore filling. This also helps keep the dust down over sanding

Apr 29, 10 | 8:43 am
longbow

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Thanks ken, I never thought of doing that to a razor blade. I'll try that, I have a big box sitting on the bench.

May 01, 10 | 4:55 am



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